Rebecca Taylor ’19 had a good problem this semester.
The University of Lynchburg senior had a few job offers in the finance industry, including two that sounded like really good opportunities. She asked economics professor Dr. Mike Schnur for advice about which one would fit her personality and skills the best.
Dr. Schnur didn’t just give her an opinion. He got on the phone with friends in the finance industry to learn more about the jobs, their workplace cultures, and the advancement opportunities that Taylor could find in each.
That didn’t surprise her at all. “He’s been an awesome mentor to me throughout the process,” Taylor said, adding that the other economics professors have helped at every step, too. “They’re super gifted. They go above and beyond for students. It’s absolutely incredible.”
After she graduates on May 18, Taylor will be a financial analyst for S&P Global in Charlottesville, Virginia. She chose S&P because number crunching is only part of the job description. “It focuses more on client relations,” Taylor said. “You still have to do analysis, but it’s more person-centric, which in finance is fairly hard to find now.”
Originally from Alexandria, Virginia, Taylor developed an interest in finance while in high school. “I just liked the fact that it’s applicable in any station of life,” she said. “Money drives the economy. It drives geopolitical events — anything you can think of. I’m not money-driven, but I think it’s fascinating how it affects everything.”
She majored in economics with an emphasis in finance. During her sophomore year, Lynchburg started the Student-Managed Investment Fund, which allows students to use Wall Street technology to research and purchase the stocks, bonds, and other investments for a six-figure fund from the University’s endowment. Taylor got involved from the beginning, and a year ago she became president of the fund.
Outside of her finance work, Taylor invested in friendships and the community. She joined the Alpha Chi Omega sorority and met her best friends there. “It’s been amazing to have all these friends for the past four years,” she said. “We all have different backgrounds but it’s the same sisterhood.”
Alpha Chi Omega requires 20 hours of service in the community each semester, but Taylor went beyond that and has recorded about 500 hours of service. In addition to working with organizations on domestic violence prevention (a focus of Alpha Chi), she worked on three political campaigns and got involved with the Lynchburg Humane Society.
Graduating this weekend has its tradeoffs. For one, Taylor will miss the opportunity to have class every day and take random classes to explore a new interest. “You can go beyond your course requirements in college, and you can branch out,” she said, mentioning thought-provoking courses in gender studies, history, and music. “I love learning.”
But she looks forward to taking learning into her own hands. “I get to run with the things that I became interested in in college,” like hiking, politics, and volunteer work, she said. “There are so many things that grew out of the classes that I’ve taken, or interests that I’ve cultivated in college. It will be really cool to see the next 10 or 15 years.”
Class of 2019 Commencement Spotlights
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